Catholic Encyclopedia – Saint Mura

detail of a stained glass window depicting Saint Mura of Fahan, created c.1900 by Meyer and Co; Cathedral of Saint Eugene, Derry, Northern Ireland; photographed on 17 September 2013 by Andreas F Borchert; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsArticle

Born in County Donegal, Ireland, about 550. He was appointed Abbot of Fahan by Saint Columba. The monastery was anciently known as Othan Mor, but after the death of our saint was called Fahan Mura. He was highly esteemed by Hugh, Head King of Ireland, whose obit is chronicled in 607. Numerous legends are told of Mura; he wrote many works, including chronicles and a rhymed life of Saint Columba, which is quoted in the Martyrology of Donegal. He is regarded as the special patron saint of the O’Neill clan, being sixth in descent from the founder, whose name survives in Innishowen (Inis Eoghan). His death occurred about 645, and his feast is observed on 12 March. Among his relics still preserved are his crozier (Bachall Mura), now in the National Museum, Dublin, and his bell-shrine, now in the Wallace Collection, London. In the ruined church of Saint Mura at Fahan is a beautiful Irish cross, and not far off is Saint Mura’s Well.

MLA Citation

  • William Grattan-Flood. “Saint Mura”. Catholic Encyclopedia, 1911. CatholicSaints.Info. 17 November 2018. Web. 19 April 2021. <>